June 2009 Archives

the Pagoda Dinkytown

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I recently had lunch with the Science & Engineering Reference unit at the Pagoda in Dinkytown (http://www.pagodadinkytown.com/) and I loved it! Highlights:

  • Lunch specials: generous portions for $5.95
  • Large round tables with "Lazy Susan" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazy_Susan) make it easy for groups of 10 or less
  • tasty food!
  • great options for herbivores and omnivores alike

Check it out! 1417 4th St Se Minneapolis, MN

~Charlie

Mapps Coffee & Tea

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Mapps Coffee & Tea: 1810 Riverside Ave. Named Best Coffeehouse by Citypages in 2007.

All of you in Wilson who are looking for a caffeine fix since Dunn Bros. is closed for the summer should try Mapps Coffee & Tea. It is in the same building as KFAI, so it is probably one of your closest good coffee choices. The food is nothing to write home about (very simple: sandwiches and muffins) but the star is their coffee and tea. For instance, they make their own chai, from scratch. It is spicy and sweet, made with real spices and milk and tea...not a concentrate! Also, they have some specialty lattes: my favorite is the Cinnamon latte. They use cinnamon flavored chips in the drink, so it is a bit like having dessert, but it is really tasty. The staff there is warm and friendly, and usually it is the one of the owners behind the counter. The owners are Yildiz and Erdoan Akguc, according to City Pages (see URL below). They also have free Wi-fi and a wonderfully open, sunlit space that is really nice to just get away to for a few minutes while you pick up your coffee. They don't appear to have their own website, but here is a review from Citypages about them with their address and phone number:
http://www.citypages.com/bestof/2007/award/best-coffeehouse-70048/

Enjoy! Joy Reitmeier

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